One of the things I like most about Bangkok is how the city has free attractions for all kind of travelers. I really like design and art spaces in Bangkok and if you like it too, so besides temples, night markets, and other typical must-sees in town, we’ve made a list of 5 places worth setting your eyes on.
If you are staying here at The Yard Bangkok, see below the step-by-step how to visit all these places in a day.
Lhong 1919 is the new design space in Bangkok, a private project by Rujiraporn Wanglee. The project has reclaimed a group of old warehouses and a Chinese shrine dating back in King Rama IV (1851-1868) and still preserves paintings from that time. Lhong 1919 has art and design shops, cafes and restaurants.
Lhong 1919 is hispter, not just a typical market or art spaces in Bangkok and not everything there is affordable, but worth going into each of the shops to see fashion, beauty, decor, furniture and various other high quality items and good taste.
The Jam Factory is a warehouse across the river with a chic concept that makes an interesting combination of art gallery, bookstore, café, home decor store and a huge garden with trees that shade all day. The project is by Duangrit Bunnag, a famous Thai architect, who transforms empty spaces into meeting places through art, exhibitions and presentations.
Inside the first space is a home décor store with design products. Behind are the resto-bar and the bookstore. It’s definitely a good place to spend some time relaxing and reading a book. The Jam Factory also hosts some events on weekends, so watch out for the schedule.
Wharehouse 30 is a revitalized warehouse by the banks of the Chao Phraya River. The project is from Duangrit Bunnag together with Rangsim Kasitranan, former editor of Elle Decor. The creative space is huge, featuring home decor shops, flower shop, accessories made by local artisans, cafes and restaurants. It’s definitely one of my favorite places to spend some time in and around.
Warehouse 30 has a co-working where creative freelancers can get to know each other, exchange ideas and grow up their careers. It’s a project provides a space for the creative minds who want to work there.
Yelo House is an old warehouse converted into multi-functioned space to serve as a platform for creative–minded people, to exhibitions, meet up, work together in projects and more. The renovation project of warehouse kept the original structure and texture, which made Yelo House even more interesting to visit.
The art space in Siam has overlooks the canal and a rooftop restaurant. I highly recommend the visit to Yelo House because the artists displaying their arts there are relatively unknown yet, but with an impressive talent.
The Bangkok Art and Culture Center also known as BACC is one of most famous art spaces in Bangkok. There’s always something new happening and never a permanent exhibition. There are several art and design shops, workshops, cafes, photography shop, bookstores focused on arts, but unfortunately most are only in Thai language.
All rooms are glazed, so even if I do not attend a workshop, I still can see it going on at least for a couple minutes from outside. And also the exhibition rooms are glazed, which makes it easy to identify what kind of exhibit is inside and attend to them.
If you are staying with us at The Yard Bangkok, I recommend the itinerary:
I’m not sure if you have energy to keep exploring Bangkok, but if so, go to Chang Chui, The Plane Night Market. There you can see how young artists prove the concept nothing is useless. Read more.